When it comes to the design and feel of the space, you’ve got a couple
of options. You can either make things as coordinated as possible, with the same design
elements in both the kitchen and family area, or you can create more of a split. It’s
very common, for example, to use the same flooring throughout, but don’t be afraid to go
for something really practical in the kitchen, and a little more comfortable in the
living area. An eclectic mix is often a successful option for open plan areas, but if
you’re not sure exactly what to do, then it’s always easier to play things safe and keep
one theme throughout.